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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | ALCOHOL | 2 |

Public health must get over its conceit and find a voice. So there!

Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this past week at @WePublicHealth. In the article below, he explains some of the background to a new campaign, [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | GLOBAL HEALTH | |

The medical aftermath of a day that changed the world: The Fallout

Paul Smith, deputy editor of Australian Doctor, writes: Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Some 80,000 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed instantly. At Australian Doctor we thought the bomb was worth writing about. So that is what we’ve done, with The Fallout - a multi-media project we’ve made [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 31, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | 1 |

Health organisations join those taking a stand against racism. #IStandWithAdam

It is important that health organisations are listed among those who have signed the statement below, taking a stand against the racism directed against prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes. It is important because the health impacts of racism are too often ignored in public debate, and because the health [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 30, 2015 | ALCOHOL | |

Nine questions about the state of public health in Victoria: #HealthyPolitics

As recently previewed at Croakey, a public forum in Melbourne this week highlighted some critical questions about the public health challenges facing Victoria. Marie McInerney was there to provide the report below for the Croakey Conference News Service. *** Marie McInerney writes:  It would have been – as suggested by forum moderator Michael Moore, CEO [...]

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Scores that count: On the role of outcomes reporting in improving healthcare

The idea of open and transparent outcome reporting has been around for a while now. Suggested drivers for such reporting have included service improvement and enhancing patient choice. In this article, Dr Andrew Weatherall demonstrates why, to date, publicly available scorecard reporting has been met with scepticism by clinicians in Australia. In a nutshell, a [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 28, 2015 | CHRONIC DISEASES | |

Health reform: So much more than a taxing issue (just ask NZ)

Could Australian health reformers learn from the experience of efforts to integrate health and social care in Canterbury, New Zealand? These and other questions are raised below by Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia. ***   Leanne Wells writes: The prospect of higher taxes to meet future hospital costs has revived [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 28, 2015 | GLOBAL HEALTH | 1 |

Physicians and public health experts issue last-ditch warnings against #TPP: “lives are at stake”

So here’s a question, or two. For months, we’ve been hearing many different experts and health organisations warning about the risks to health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which Trade Minister Andrew Robb hopes might be finalised during talks in Hawaii this week. Q: Have any health ministers, in any jurisdiction, taken steps [...]

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FRONJACKSONWEBB | July 27, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | |

ALP national conference: experts respond

Bill Shorten survived an internal push for a future Labor government to ban turning back asylum seeker boats at the ALP’s three-day national conference, which concluded in Melbourne on Sunday. The Conversation’s experts were watching the conference with an eye across key policy areas, including health. Health: Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 26, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Now here’s a list worth reading: 187 reasons to support the @IndigenousX crowdfunding campaign

There are so many reasons that people working in the health sector should consider supporting the @IndigenousXLtd crowdfunding campaign, according to Dr Tim Senior, a GP who works in Aboriginal health. Check them out below – and have a listen to this recent ABC radio interview with Luke Pearson, the founder of the successful rotated [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | July 26, 2015 | INDIGENOUS HEALTH | |

Federal Ministers urged to avert Aboriginal health tragedy in western Sydney

(Update, 27 July: A comment from the Federal Department of Health has been added at the bottom of this post Update, 28 July: An open letter from health academics at UTS has been added to this post) Doctors and academics are warning the Federal Government that the closure of the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney [...]

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